Early Career Track MBA with Professional Practice Internship

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OVERVIEW
This 12-14 month full-time program is tailored to the needs of recent graduates of liberal arts programs (with and without a business major) who wish to launch high impact careers. In addition to covering the core disciplines of business, the Early Career Track offers a unique “professional practice” component that focuses on multiple dimensions of designing and launching a new professional’s career. By day, students are placed in 20-hour per week internships in local businesses and are assigned mentors who facilitate their growth and development. By night, they attend MBA classes on campus.

  • Learn how to design solutions to business problems in real-life business settings
  • Specify a direction and goal for your career launch that align with your aspirations
  • Mine your liberal arts background to fortify your professional profile
  • Build a network of professionals in your industry, function or location of choice
  • Find, nurture and leverage a distinguished business leader as your career mentor

THREE TRACKS

  • General Business Administration emphasis
  • Accounting emphasis (leads to CPA exam)
  • Sport Business and Leadership emphasis

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

  • Recent graduates in their early to mid twenties
  • Intellectually curious and professionally ambitious individuals with little or no practical experience
  • Those who possess the objectives of launching a meaningful business career and becoming an ethical leader

GENERAL PROGRAM ATTRIBUTES

  • Course of study is integrative, interdisciplinary and utilizes diverse methods of understanding
  • Teaches key elements of the disciplines of management and business administration
  • Seeks to link the knowledge, skill and attitudes of liberally educated recent college graduates to the field of management, and to increase their understanding of interdependent and multi-faceted issues faced by managers today
  • Explores the converging roles of leadership, global citizenship and design based thinking
  • Retains high intellectual standards using a non-traditional format while respecting the needs of young-adult learners
  • Consists of a collaborative educational environment in which participants, faculty and local organizational leaders join together to explore and learn through classes, colloquia, small learning groups, professional practicums and mentorship arrangements
  • Provides study opportunities that allow participants, individually and in groups, to gain knowledge and skills in areas of high personal and professional interest and to build a strong local network of professional relationships that are situated around those interests

PROGRAM CURRICULUM

  • Integrating liberal arts and design thinking into traditional elements of the MBA curriculum
  • Puts students in real businesses situations where they learn to solve real business problems
  • Places high value on leadership and various ways of understanding problems and issues in the private, public and nonprofit sectors
  • Addresses the educational needs of beginner practitioners
  • Takes into account how culture, history, and politics are key factors in the economic environment of management
  • Takes into account how art and design are factors in expanding our ways of thinking
  • Takes into account how leaders encounter challenges that call for creating social value for society while maintaining a healthy bottom line
  • Takes into account how creative, critical and analytical thinking enhance the ability to solve problems in organizations in all sectors of society
  • Courses integrate interdisciplinary knowledge and create multidisciplinary thinking

PROGRAM STRUCTURE

  • Full-time, cohort, 36 credits, 12-14 month program
  • Summer I required for non undergraduate business majors (Saturday courses May through August)—comprehensive business foundations courses for non-business majors followed by:
  • Fall and Spring semesters –30 credit hours over 2 sequenced semesters. Structured professional practicum in a business setting by day, 3 core courses by night each semester.
  • Summer II – 3 credit international practicum paired with 3-credit capstone strategy course (the capstone strategy course is required in for General Business Administration students and optional for Accounting and Sport Business and Leadership students).

TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE EARLY CAREER TRACK MBA:
Contact Professor Eric Drouart, ECT MBA Program Advisor, at 508-767-7457 or edrouart@assumption.edu
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